Academics

Visual Arts Administration

Concordia University Chicago's Visual Arts Administration degree develops an exciting range of skills to create a well-equipped individual who will excel in culturally rich art environments and organizations such as museums, art galleries, art agencies, educational institutions, commercial arts and public art. The administrative aspect will help you build relevant management and leadership skills to serve both not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.

Concordia-Chicago Visual Arts Administration Degree Overview

Our courses in this program will give you the foundational skills in art, art history, marketing, accounting, ethics, law and more. You will have many advanced electives to choose from to complement your degree.

Visual Arts Administration Course Information

In order to gain real-world experience, you will be required to complete a Visual Arts Administration internship. Other required courses for art experiences are in the area of two and three-dimensional art, art history courses and two arts administration courses. As for the business side, courses will cover management, ethics, marketing and finance.

You have the option of earning a bachelor of arts degree or a bachelor of science degree in Visual Arts Administration. The difference between the degrees is the required courses you will take. With the bachelor of arts degree, you will take more core classes that focus on art. You will also take business courses to ensure you receive a well-balanced education. With the bachelor of science degree, you will take
more business core courses in addition to your art courses.

For more information, visit the online catalog related to required courses.

Visual Arts Major Opportunities

The City of Chicago is an extension of our classroom as art students visit the many world-class art museums, galleries and public art. Our location and unique arts and
business relationships with many of these groups offer hands-on practical intern experiences that are exclusive to our students.

Many of our art majors and minors are involved in our active Art Club where they have monthly gatherings to learn about new processes, order pizzas and host “studio night,” critique their art, attend a Chicago gallery opening or museum, or invite a guest artist to speak.

The Ferguson Art Gallery, located in Kretzmann Hall, hosts professional exhibits of living artists who offer lectures for the campus and community to learn more about their inspiration. Special exhibitions and artist lectures are celebrated on campus throughout the year.

Career Possibilities

  • Museum or gallery: directors, managers, coordinators
  • Curators
  • Studio directors or owners
  • Art and/or community center administrators
  • Advocates or educational directors
  • Administrators in both the for-profit & non-profit sectors